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District fire budgets on Forestry Board June 8 agenda
Contact:
Rod Nichols
503-945-7425
rnichols@odf.state.or.us
 
The Oregon Board of Forestry will consider approval of yearly budgets for the state’s 12 wildfire protection districts at its June 8 meeting in Salem.
 
The budgets, a combination of state funds and assessments paid by owners of forest and grazing lands, total about $40.7 million, a 4 percent increase from current levels. The new budgets are for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011.
 
The department protects about 16 million forested acres, most of them privately owned, from fire.
 
The board meeting, scheduled to begin at 8 a.m., will be held by telephone conference call. Members of the public who would like to listen are welcome in the Tillamook Room of the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Salem headquarters, at 2600 State St.